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Wow Your Gal in Washington, DC

Whisk your sweetheart away for the weekend and spend a couple of days in Washington, DC. You’ll be in her good graces with the trip, but go a step further and plan a few must-dos while you’re there. A weekend in the capital city should have her swooning for weeks.

Here are a few ideas to get your planning started:

Music and Moves

Check in at the Hyatt Arlington. The Virginia hotel is minutes away from Washington, DC, and it blends Southern comfort with a metropolitan vibe. The recently renovated rooms have sweeping city views.

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Artisphere Ballroom. The 4,000-square-foot space plays host to genres as diverse as salsa, Cajun, blues, classical and zydeco. Show up an hour before the performance starts for a dance lesson.

Also catch a show at the Signature Theatre. In February, the world premiere of the musical Kid Victory comes to the stage. The 2014/2015 season marks the theater’s 25th anniversary.

Stop by Capitol City Brewing Company for a pint before or after the show. The craft brewery offers seven to eight beers on tap. The menu balances hearty fare, such as meatloaf and ribs, with lighter options including an ahi tuna salad and grilled salmon.

Setting the Stage

A room at the JW Marriott Washington, DC is sure to impress. Its prominent location on Pennsylvania Avenue puts you in the heart of downtown DC. The accommodations are luxurious, but the location just a block from the Metro will have you up and going quickly.

Set the tone for the evening with a meal at Occidental Grill & Seafood. You’ll dine among the restaurant’s famous clientele as the walls are covered with portraits of politicians, actors and athletes. The seasonal menu highlights locally sourced ingredients, such as Rappahannock Oysters.

The hit of the evening will be a performance at Lansburgh Theatre. In February, the Shakespeare Theatre Company presents The Metromaniacs, Alexis Piron’s 1738 French classic. Afterward, retreat to the Hyatt about half a mile away.

The Classy Couple

Donovan House, a recently renovated Kimpton boutique hotel, has a hip, stylish vibe, which is fitting for your capital-city escape. It’s located in downtown, within walking distance of the Washington Monument. It also boasts a dining hotspot downstairs. Sleek, black accents and naturally finished wooden tabletops set the mood for a modern Asian meal at Zentan.

Visit The Phillips Collection in the Dupont Circle neighborhood for an art experience. See pieces by O’Keeffe, Renoir and van Gogh. The museum opened to the public in 1921 and continues to evolve. Special exhibitions often add to the permanent collection.

Show off your cooking skills at CulinAerie, a recreational cooking school. Better yet, let your lady feel extra special by showing you up in the kitchen. The school, located in downtown, caters to all skill levels. Classes are often themed for date nights with topics such as Romantic Winter Supper and Valentine’s Brunch.

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